The University of Indianapolis broke ground June 18 on a four-story, $28 million health pavilion that will house the school’s healthcare- and wellness-related academic programs and clinical facilities.
With indoor and outdoor amenities open to the public, the building will be a new gateway to the campus, a landmark for the University Heights neighborhood and an integrated hub where faculty, students and health-care professionals can collaborate on education and research.
Local developer Strategic Capital Partners will construct the 160,000-square-foot building, which will be located at the southwest corner of Hanna and State avenues. Scheduled to open in August 2015, the facility will house programs that account for more than half of UIndy’s enrollment of 5,400.
UIndy is in talks with potential partners in the health-care and mental health fields to establish operations in the building that in turn will provide clinical opportunities for students.
Deans and faculty members are working with the architects on classrooms, offices, meeting spaces, state-of-the-art simulation and research labs and informal gathering areas to promote multidisciplinary collaboration.
The main entrance will open into a two-story atrium, designed for public access with a cafe, a 140-seat auditorium and adjacent outdoor plaza. Near the entrance on the second floor will be interactive space with access to a rooftop terrace.
The pavilion is a key component of the five-year, $50 million development plan the university announced earlier this year to lay the foundation for future growth. Other elements of the plan include renovating and enhancing technology in Krannert Memorial Library, replacing the aging student apartments on Shelby Street, expanding science laboratories, launching new academic programs, hiring additional faculty and establishing Indiana’s first NCAA Division II men’s and women’s lacrosse teams.
“The health pavilion will create space to expand some of our strongest programs and strengthen our ties with the healthcare industry, which benefits students and faculty in multiple ways and makes our educational product relevant to the real world,” UIndy President Robert Manuel said. “Just as important, our overall development plan is designed to attract new economic activity that will make our part of the city a more vibrant place to live and work, not only for the campus community but also for neighboring residents and businesses.”
The project builds upon the ongoing partnership between the university and city government, added Manuel. When the city reconstructed Hanna, UIndy contributed $2 million in sidewalks, lighting, utility line relocation and boulevard-style landscaping. Last week the Metropolitan Development Commission unanimously approved a variance and tax incentive package to support the pavilion.
As Mayor Greg Ballard announced in his State of the City address in February at UIndy, the city is providing $1 million from the federal Community Development Block Grant program to outfit the building with specialized medical and fitness equipment. A small portion of the grant also supports the creation of a nearby park to serve University Heights residents and the campus community.